TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Grayson County TX
Grayson County

Counties
Texas Counties


Texas Towns
A - Z

Sherman Hotels

More Hotels

 


HAGERMAN, TEXAS


Texas Ghost Town
Grayson County, Central Texas North

Under Lake Texoma

On a spur off FM 1417
8 Miles NW of Sherman the county seat

Book Area Hotel › Sherman Hotels

Hagerman Texas town sign
Hagerman before Lake Texoma
Photo courtesy Gordon Ellison

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally the town was named in honor of S. D. Steedman, a Grayson County judge. The town was established in 1880 and a post office was granted that same year. It remained as Steedman until the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad arrived in 1909 and it was renamed for railroad attorney James Hagerman.

Information is sketchy and population figures scarce, but it is known that the post office closed sometime in the 1930s when the town had an estimated population of around 150.

Hagerman had the railroad, but it may have been too close to Sherman to have a chance at real growth. The limited infrastructure and paltry population made Hagerman expendable when plans were being drawn up for Lake Texoma in 1944.

Hagerman was submerged and is now a part of the lakebed of Lake Texoma. The cemetery was relocated several miles from the original site.

Lake Texoma near Denison Texas
Hagerman is now under Lake Texoma
Photo courtesy Mike Price, July 2007

Historical Marker: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6.3 miles SW of Pottsboro, N side of Wildlife Rd., 0.3 mile NW of refuge visitors center.

Hagerman

In 1904 James Patillo (J. P.) Smith platted streets here in a 10-acre wheat field and established the town of Hagerman. Named for railroad attorney James P. Hagerman, the town consisted of 250 residents, a cotton gin, school, church, post office, railroad depot, and several businesses by 1910. The town prospered and grew to contain three churches and a three-teacher school. However, in the 1920s residents and businesses began to abandon the area when it became known that the creation of Lake Texoma would completely inundate the town. Lake Texoma was created in 1943.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1995

Hagerman Texas Historical Marker
Hagerman, Texas Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gordon Ellison


Hagerman Cemetery
Photographer's Note:

"The ghosts in this town need to have submarines as the site is at the bottom of Lake Texoma, near what is now Hagerman Wildlife Refuge on the Big Mineral arm of the lake.

A cemetery was moved to what I believe is the one pictured. The grave of the founder of Hagerman (Smith) is shown in the photo.

There is a Hagerman Baptist church about 2-3 miles south east of the cemetery, but it's a new all-metal building and I didn't take any pictures." - Mike Price, November 19, 2007

Hagerman Texas cemetery Smith tombstone
James Patillo (J. P.) Smith Tombstone
Photocourtesy Mike Price, November 2007


Hagerman Texas cemetery Crabtree tombstones
Hagerman Cemetery Crabtree tombstones
Photo courtesy Mike Price, November 2007


Hagerman Texas - Hagerman Cemetery  sign
Hagerman Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
More Texas Cemeteries


Hagerman, Texas Namesake

James Hagerman


James Hagerman,, Hagerman TX namesake
James Hagerman,
Hagerman, TX namesake
Courtesy Gordon Ellison


Hagerman TX - James Hagerman, President of American Bar Association
"My great^3 grandfather was James Hagerman the KATY railroad attorney. (Above the X in the photo.) He later became president of the American Bar Association." - Gordon Ellison, May 6, 2022
Click on image to enlarge


Hagerman TX - James Hagerman
From The book of St. Lousians published in 1912
Click on image to enlarge
"More info of James Hagerman. His son James Hagerman Jr. moved to Washington DC and worked under Woodrow Wilson's cabinet in 1916. James Hagerman III, mentioned under James Jr., died of typhoid at two yrs old and is buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis."- Gordon Ellison



Hagerman TX - Grayson County, town & post office info
Hagerman TX - Grayson County, 1909 Postmark
Postcard canceled with Hagerman TX 1909 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection


TX  Grayson County 1940s Map
Grayson County 1940s map showing Hagerman - NW of Sherman
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip
N Central Texas

Hagerman, Texas Nearby Towns:
Sherman the county seat
Denison
See Grayson County

Book Hotel Here:
Sherman Hotels | More Hotels

Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Cotton Gins
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Cotton
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved